( Verses 1 - 5 ) God should be Celebrated.
David gather thirty thousand chosen men.
They moved the Ark of God to the house of Abinadab.
David and all the house of Israel celebrated before the Lord.
( Verses 6 - 9 ) They and we should not be Careless about God.
The anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah because of his error.
David was angry because the Lord broke out against Uzzah.
David was afraid of the Lord that day.
( Verses 10 - 15 ) We should be Careful about God.
David was not willing to take the Ark into his city.
The Ark was taken instead to Obed-edom’s house.
The Lord blessed Odem-edom’s house.
David rejoiced for the blessing.
They carried the Ark to the city of David.
David was wearing linen ephod.
David and all of Israel shouted and blew the horn at the Ark’s entry.
( Verses 16 - 19 ) We should Congregated as God’s people.
Michal despised David.
David offered burnt and peace offerings.
David blessed the people.
People brought food and they all departed after the celebration.
( Verses 20 - 23) We should not Criticize a joy for God.
David returned to bless his house.
Michal expressed her shame over David’s celebration.
David highlights God’s favor for him over her father and all his house.
David said he would make himself even more contemptible.
Michal would remain barren.
The Ark of the Covenant was brought back to the people of God and they rejoiced because God is worthy of being celebrated.
Is God worthy of celebration? Of course all of you know the answer to this question. But just may be this question is more complicated than you think. Do we think of the work it takes to celebrate something. A birthday party, an anniversary. A quincerera or maybe an event at church. When one thinks of celebrating they initially forget the preparations necessary to make it happen. The food, decorations, the invitations, all of this takes work and time but it has to be done. We all can remember now that when thinking and planning a celebration we must think through the work behind it. Now to the next deeper question. How much do we value what we celebrate? We can see the importance one places in what they celebrate by the amount of time spent on planning. The attention to detail. The time spent on wording and designs. One can easily see the importance and value through the detail and prep time taken when looking at the presentation of what they are celebrating.
Is God worth celebrating? Everyone here would say yes!
There is no higher reason, no one greater to celebrate than God. We celebrate and congregate as God's people because of God and for God. Have we forgotten how celebratory we should be when considering that God is worthy and that God is here amongst His people? Have we forgotten that God is here in a special way amongst His people. His bride?
We should be continually offer up praises.
15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Heb 13:14–15.
Some of us here may look strangely at people dancing before the Lord in worship when this was common in biblical culture.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Ps 149:3.
God was praised loudly with zeal and excitement.
3 Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp!
4 Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!
5 Praise him with sounding cymbals;
praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Ps 150:3–6.